About the Healthy Workplace Standards (HWS)

The Healthy Workplace Standards recognise and celebrate workplaces across Milton Keynes, Central Bedfordshire, and Bedford Borough, which are committed to improving and maintaining a healthy and happy workplace. The HWS have been developed for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, in association with The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities. With acknowledgment to Suffolk County Council.

The HWS are a best practiced framework helping local workplaces to improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

The Healthy Workplace Standards scheme invite employers to take a flexible, honest appraisal of how their organisation is performing, starting at Bronze level and overtime progressing through to Gold. 

The HWS are flexible to allow organisations to work towards a specific area of workplace health or to comply with all eight of the core standards, within their own timescale:

For further information or to register for the Healthy Workplace Standards please click below:

Register for the Healthy Workplace Standards or email Public Health 

The healthy workplace standards brochure and flyer is available to download or print 



HWS registered workplaces

Please click to view registered workplaces, committed to improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce



Contact email


Home | Aero Tec Laboratories (atlltd.com) EWilkinson@atlltd.com   

Carers in Bedfordshire



Central Bedfordshire Council



Clearview Intelligence



Cranswick Foods



Grand Union Housing



Health Watch MK Healthwatch Milton Keynes | Your spotlight on health and social care services maxine.taffetani@healthwatchmiltonkeynes.co.uk

Link To Change



Living It Up www.lovelivingitup.org


Milton Keynes City Council Milton Keynes City Council (milton-keynes.gov.uk) Julie.clark@milton-keynes.gov.uk



MK Snap – Special Needs Advancement Project steve.oliver@mksnap.org

The Park MK

www.theparkmk.co.uk  sarah@theparkmk.co.uk

Zoological Society London






HWS Testimonials and examples of best practice

Click here to view testimonials

Central Bedfordshire Council

"As a Council, we have identified the importance of the health and wellbeing of our staff and formed a group of representatives from across different areas of the Council to discuss what we are doing in related activities and support.  This enabled us to start to identify gaps and needs and has given good insights that have supported further developments.  Coming together as a group has enabled us to develop Health and Wellbeing Champions across the Council and Mental Health First Aiders.  These are volunteer roles from existing staff who are now well placed to provide support for access to what’s on offer, act as point of contact and first line support and signposting.  Alongside this, a few support groups are starting to emerge supporting specific staff needs, such as menopause, race, religion and culture networks and men’s wellbeing.  So, we feel like we are really starting to get a good understanding of individuals needs in the context of their health and wellbeing.  We have had very positive support with this at all levels, including senior managers – it is easy to see that ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff contributes to our principles, values, and ethos.  It also can have a direct impact on staff absence and staff leavers so important to us.

When the Healthy Workplace award was launched, we saw it as a great opportunity to enable us to benchmark where we are and to understand what gaps there might be related to our support offer.  Because the standards are defined as Bronze, Silver, and Gold, of course we will aspire to be Gold, but our reality is that it is a journey and having a template that enables us to know where we are in supporting health and wellbeing, is a key tool that enables us to benchmark our position and understand what we need to do to further progress.

We have designated a role that is taking a lead on the activities to support us to position ourselves.  They are currently engaging in the benchmarking and will be conducting focus groups to get a broader understanding where gaps are identified of what the needs are that we need to further develop.

Investing in staff wellbeing is critical to a positive and safe working environment that demonstrates care and support and understanding and is important to us, especially in the context of more hybrid ways of working and the greater challenges being felt from the current circumstances we are all existing in,  alongside our residents.

As we explore and develop our position on health and wellbeing, it has highlighted greater opportunities for us to engage with our members who are also similarly affected, and our work to support them in a wider health and wellbeing strategy that is being developed across all of CBC.  It is also our opportunity to work with colleagues across the BLMK who are also faced with similar issues and challenges."

Local small business owner

"I work with businesses of all sizes and a common theme I see often is that they want to do something to support the wellbeing and mental health of their staff but just don’t know where to start.  This can all to often result in them taking a ‘tick box’ approach by simply running ad hoc events or having a ‘free fruit Friday’.  All of this can be great but has limited impact if it is not part of a properly developed strategy that is embedded and aligned to their business goals and values.  This tick box approach can often lead to disengagement of staff which is really sad given their good intentions.  Often businesses believe that a strategy needs to be complex and resource intensive – it doesn’t!  That’s why I love the framework provided by the Healthy Workplace Award which is a refreshing approach.  I believe this will be a powerful tool for all businesses to use to help shape their plans in a structured, rather than piece-meal way and the impact will be much greater as a result."